Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah recently claimed that the bureaucracy of Sindh is a major hurdle in promoting education in the province. Corruption and nepotism have made it difficult to implement law and order because most positions are filled by incompetent officers. Instead of improving education within the province, officials blame one another for the inefficiencies in the system. Limited resources and budgets have further prevented them from taking any decisive action.
To avoid change, officials employ teaching faculty and administrative staff based on nepotism instead of merit. Most teachers in schools across the province are not equipped with adequate knowledge to teach children. This has had a detrimental impact on the overall education system in Sindh. In recent years, other provinces have witnessed considerable improvements in their education and literacy rates. However, education in Sindh has continuously deteriorated. The government has allocated funds time and again but no significant change has been witnessed. Most of the funds are pocketed by corrupt officials, leaving educational institutions in a deplorable state. This begs the question: why are such important positions still occupied by incompetent and corrupt officials?
To alleviate corrupt practices, federal and provincial governments must take strict action against corruption and nepotism within the bureaucracy. In addition, educational reforms should be introduced to improve the literacy rate of the province. Teaching as well as other official positions should be filled on merit. The youth of Sindh must not be denied education. They must not be robbed of the opportunity to improve their futures. It is imperative that for the government to protect the students and their educational rights.
Saddam and Babar Solangi
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2021.